Today, Ford announced that the both the new Ford Fusion hybrid and Mercury Milan hybrid have been officially rated by the EPA as achieving a fuel-efficiency average of 41 mpg city/36 mpg highway. Impressively, Ford’s newest numbers have placed the 2010 Fusion hybrid and 2010 Milan hybrid at the top of their segment in terms of gas mileage, beating out the Toyota Camry hybrid by 8 mpg city/2 mpg. Featuring the ability to travel 700 miles on a single tank of gas, Ford attributes the Fusion hybrid’s triumph at the pump to Ford’s innovative new hybrid propulsion system. In addition to the introduction of a smaller, lighter nickel-metal hydride battery that is 20% more powerful, Ford’s new high-tech hybrid features also include a new 2.5L I4 engine mated with an ECCVT (Electronically Controlled Continuously Variable Transmission), enhanced electronic throttle control, smart climate control system, and a new regenerative braking system that allows for the recovery of 94% of the energy lost through traditional friction braking.
Boasted a justifiably proud Derrick Kuzak, group vice president, Ford Global Product Development, “The new Ford Fusion Hybrid not only significantly exceeds the competition but also embodies Ford’s 100 percent commitment to fuel efficiency leadership, quality, innovation and advanced technology.”